A trio of friends have raised £3126 for St John’s Hospice in Balby, Doncaster by cycling the 100k London Night Ride in memory of Mario Piroli, who spent his final two weeks at the hospice.

Janette Piroli, wife of the late Mario Piroli rounded up two of her friends and they set themselves the challenge of completing the 100 kilometre long London Night Ride to raise money for St John’s Hospice. Mario who passed away in January whilst in the hospice had always wanted to part-take in the night ride.

Janette found the care Mario received whilst at the hospice exceptional, the staff not only cared for Mario but offered plenty of emotional support for herself and their son Luca. Janette was thinking of a way to thank the staff when she remembered Mario had wanted to do the Night Ride.

Janette said: “Mario had always wanted to do the 100k London Night Ride so I thought what better way to raise money and commemorate him than by doing it on his bike.

“I wanted to raise money to say thank you to all the amazing staff that made a terrible time more bearable. Doing the ride on Mario’s bike gave me the determination to finish and also being spurred on by my two friends Michelle and Angela who did it with me.

“We cannot believe how much money we’ve raised. I hope it can really help benefit the hospice and their patients.”

The trio completed the 100k ride which involved three stops in just seven hours after three weeks of training.

Lindsey Richards of the hospice said: “All of us at the hospice want to thank Janette, Michelle and Angela for their fantastic efforts in raising such a huge amount of money for the hospice. We cannot thank you enough and you should all be very proud of yourselves. The money is greatly appreciated and will benefit our patients and their families.”

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St John’s Hospice is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).